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Required Safety Checks Were Not Done Despite Six Year Compliance Time

Thursday, February 17, 2011 — David Evans

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Required Safety Checks Were Not Done Despite Six Year Compliance Time

Almost 100 jets were grounded to accomplish required safety checks, raising serious questions about federal oversight of the airline that was at least eight months late doing the work. On 15 February United Airlines announced that it was grounding 96 of its B757s to check and validate software and hardware changes for the airplane’s air […]

Jammed Elevators the Result of a ‘Grandfathered’ Design

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 — David Evans

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Jammed Elevators the Result of a ‘Grandfathered’ Design

Straining hard to keep the control yoke forward, the captain and first officer were able to overcome the jammed elevators on their Tailwind Airlines B737-400 after an uncommanded pitch-up to 40º. The airplane was just 20 feet off the ground, approaching to land at Turkey’s Diyarbir airport. The flight crew performed a go-around and managed […]

Significant Regulatory & Related Activity

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 — David Evans

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Significant Regulatory & Related Activity

To achieve type certification, the new Gulfstream GVI will have to satisfy the special condition outlined below regarding reliability of its electrical system. _____________________ 14 February 2011                    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) FR Doc 2011-3210                   Docket No. NM444 Special Conditions No. 25-11-03-SC Notice of Proposed Special Conditions, Gulfstream Model GVI airplane, Operation Without Normal Electrical Power […]

Accidents & Incidents 01.23.10 – 01.31.11

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 — David Evans

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Air Taxi and On Demand (Part 135) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments 30 Jan Big Bear CA Tower General Contractors-operated Piper PA-30-160 Twin Comanche C Reg: N64RJ On departure, aircraft attempted an emergency return to the airport, crashing nose first between two houses. 1 Minor Aircraft was destroyed. General Aviation (Part 91) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative […]

Another Case of Pitot Probes Blocked by Ice

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 — David Evans

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The speeds indicated by the three pitot tubes varied by 30 knots, from 230 to 260 knots. The captain took control from an inexperienced first officer and safely diverted the planned flight of the A320 from Nuremburg to London, landing the airplane and its 59 passengers and crew at Nuremburg. The serious incident parallels the […]

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